DefenceSynergia is grateful to Howard Wheeldon for these thoughts on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Space Conference being held on 21st May. It is especially relevant as the conference has triggered the Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson MP, to announce that Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Command has been Continue reading
Last year, before he resigned as Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon rightly responded to pressure from Jonny Mercer MP’s Defence Sub-Committee report into the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) excesses by shutting down that inquiry. Well done to all involved we said, but the problem did not begin or end with IHAT.
By John Marshall, Defence Synergia Founding member. I came away pretty unimpressed with Sir Mark Sedwill’s (NSA) honesty and highly impressed with his ability to dodge the issues and his own responsibilities. During the course of evidence, Julian Lewis, Johnny Mercer, Madeleine Moon, and Ruth Smeeth made telling points which were all brushed aside by Continue reading
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AT 100 A PERSONAL VIEW by Group Captain Patrick Tootal OBE DL RAF (Retd) Hon Secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust CIO and the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and Founder DefenceSynergia Member On the 1 April 2018 the Royal Air Force celebrated its centenary. I am proud to Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) must, once again, draw attention to the incoherent and risky air power policy of the Royal Air Force (RAF) inherent in the planned retirement of the Tornado GR4 fleet by mid 2019 especially when linked to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) ill advised ‘Two Fast Jet Fleet’ policy. Until recently the RAF had Continue reading
DefenceSynergia is indebted to Howard Wheeldon for this timely and pertinent review of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS), Gen Sir Gordon Messenger’s, recent media interview taken alongside the views expressed by the Chief of the General Staff (CGS), Gen Sir Nick Carter and Gen Sir Richard Barrons, the recently retired head of UK Joint Forces Command. Indeed, their interventions and warnings Continue reading
DefenceSynergia(DS) views with mounting concern and incredulity MOD’s focus on obliging the Armed Forces to fulfil every twist and turn of the Political Correct (PC) agenda instead of focusing on their fighting effectiveness. Colonel Tim Collins, who made his name on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, rightly and wisely wrote on such matters Continue reading